The phrase ‘behind every great man, there’s a great woman’ is very true for country music power couple Thomas Rhett and wife Lauren Akins. From raising two daughters to their charity work to pursuing their passions, Thomas Rhett and Lauren are there for each other every step of the way!
When it comes to his music, Thomas Rhett leans on Lauren a lot for both inspiration and advice! Lauren is honest with her husband and all of his creative works— even though she has a habit of getting a little too attached to the first cut!
“I think I’ve learned a lot with Lauren. I’ve learned when to play her song and when not to play her songs. My wife gets the worst case of demo-itis, worse than anybody I’ve ever seen. Demo-itis is basically falling in love with the demo and hating the way that you recorded it on the record,” Thomas Rhett told Sounds Like Nashville and other media outlets at a recent event. “’Sixteen‘ was one of those songs for her. She hated the way we cut it in the studio, and she made me hate the way we cut it. She has such a pull on the way that I think. What I’ve started to do lately is if I have recorded a song that I feel like is going to be pretty close to what the studio version is going to be, then I’ll play it for her. If in my head I know that the vision of this song is going to change drastically, she’s not allowed to hear it.”
Lauren is often Thomas Rhett’s muse when it comes to his music by inspiring many of his greatest hits such as “Die A Happy Man,” “Life Changes,” and “Marry Me.” Being his source of inspiration is one of the reasons that Lauren loves the first cut of the songs, “Sixteen” included.
“I think ‘Sixteen’ is her favorite because we knew each other during all those ages. I think it struck a nice chord with her, because she remembers what I was like when I was 16, 18, 21 years old. She was probably at all those birthday parties. I think that’s why that one sticks out to her in her mind,” Thomas Rhett explained.
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